Saturday we drove from Anchor Point to Seward and boarded a Kenai Fjords tour boat for a cruise out of Resurrection Bay to the Fjords. Great wildlife sightings of humpback whales, sea lions, otters, puffins and more (pictures below). We stopped at a small island on the way back for a steak dinner and found the local brewpub later to soak in a little nightlife. We spent the night in a local motel (we didn’t want to move the trailer for one night) and then hiked Exit Glacier on the way home. The rain has helped the wildfire situation a lot. On the drive to Seward the Swan Lake fire had the road pretty smoky and visibility was poor. The next day the drive back was much clearer. We made it back to Anchor Point without incident.
Aialik Glacier from the tour boat
Us in front of the glacier.
Our hike to Exit Glacier
It was rainy at Exit Glacier.
We thought this was really cool. This is a map of the Harding Icefield. Icefields supply ice to the glaciers which create Fjords when they recede. We hiked Glaciers at opposite ends of the Harding Icefield. The Grewingk Glacier a few days ago and Exit Glacier yesterday. We saw Aialik glacier from the boat. The topography is really cool. Exit Glacier is 60 miles from Grewingk Glacier as the crow flies…or a 3 hour drive from Homer to Seward! Thanks to my awesome graphic designer wife for this map!
The Grotto (home to the Sea Lions)
Island in the Fjord
Dinner on Fox Island
Crab and Prime Rib. I could get used to this!
Fire haze at sunrise on our drive to Seward
The fire scar along the highway
You can see the helicopter dropping water buckets on the fire. A huge thank you to all the firefighters in the Kenai area. They have done an incredible job keeping everyone in these communities safe.